The Ideal Alarm System for Electic Substations and Jobsites

April 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Tattletale Systems:

manufacturers wireless portable alarm systems which are ideal for a variety of applications. The Tattletale system is the first cellular portable alarm system. The system includes a base unit which has built-in tilt switches as well as an area scanning sensor. To accompany the base unit there are a wide variety of wireless sensor options. Some examples are motion sensors, area scanners, vibration sensors and conductive loop sensors to name a few. The units can be unpacked and installed in minutes especially since all the sensors are wireless.

These systems are ideal for electrical substations, job sites and other areas that are unattended. No one likes to have their property tampered with or stolen and because these systems are portable, they are ideal for all kinds of remote applications. The factory is happy to provide design assistance to help select the right sensors to protect the site. They also provide signs to warn possible intruders that the site is protected.

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Eaton Electrical Variable Speed Control

April 2, 2012 1 comment

Eaton Electrical:

One of the largest manufacturers of electrical distribution and industrial control products in the US market. Eaton Electrical is known to most for their power distribution and control products which are specified in what is commonly referred to as Division 16 specifications. Eaton Electrical was most recently known as Cutler Hammer and in past years acquired several well-known companies such as Westinghouse and Challenger. While Eaton is best known for relationships in the new construction market for the power distribution portion of new construction projects, the company has a variety of products used in Division 15 specifications though they are not as well-known in this area.

While Eaton is not as well-known as other competitors are to mechanical and HVAC contractors normally associated with Division 15 specifications, they have several distinct advantages in the marketplace. Eaton drives are designed and assembled in the state of Wisconsin and have what is likely the most complete offering of variable frequency drives. In addition, they offer one of the most reliable products with one of the best warranties in the industry.

Intellipass Drive by Eaton Electrical

HVX Intellipass Drive by Eaton Electrical

For the HVAC market, the most popular product is the HVX Intellipass and Intellidisconnect drives. The Intellipass NEMA 1 drive is the smallest drive (as compared to the top 3 competitors in Division 15) with internal disconnect and manual bypass contactors. These units have plain English keypads to make programming easy as well as freely programmable inputs and outputs. Having the smallest footprint saves cost in installation, storage, shipping and other areas. The Intellidisconnect drive is the same drive with one exception. The Intellidisconnect has a disconnect included but does not include bypass contactors. Both the Intellipass and Intellidisconnect drives are available in standard NEMA 1 designs as well as NEMA 3R, NEMA 12 and Stainless Steel enclosures as an option. The HVX drive is also available as a basic NEMA 1 drive which can be installed on a wall or as a component drive as part of an engineered solution. Unless specified otherwise, the enclosed versions of the HVX drives utilize circuit breakers with adjustable current settings rather than fused disconnects which are standard from other manufacturers. The standard AIC rating is 65k and most sizes include a 3% line reactor, RFI and EMI filters as a standard option. THe HOA and Bypass functions are standard keypad options which eliminate the need to install additional switches for these functions. For additional information contact:

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Introduction to Eaton Corporation

Phase Conversion Products from Phase Technologies

March 26, 2012 Leave a comment

AquaPhase Pump ConverterPhase Technologies designs and manufacturers a variety of power conversion products. The primary product line is used to convert single phase to 3 phase power for a variety of applications. While there are a variety of methods for converting single to 3 phase power, Phase Technologies offers digital converters rather than static or rotary converters. Phase Technologies offerings include fixed frequency and variable frequency converters.

Phase Perfect is a digital phase converter for converting 230VAC Single Phase power to 230VAC 3 Phase power. The units produce a near perfect sinusoidal output and are very efficient as compared to other types of converters. Units are available in a NEMA 1 or NEMA 3R enclosure. The units can also be supplied with a motor starter so the unit can be used to start and stop a motor without an additional control panel.

AquaPhase Pump Converters add several new capabilities beyond basic phased converters. First the units are available with a voltage doubling capability so 230VAC single phase input units provide a 480VAC 3 Phase output. Additional models are available to convert 480VAC single phase to 3 Phase power. In addition to the phase conversion capabilities, these units also provide a variable frequency output. The units require little or no programming for basic applications and are available with a keypad for status and programming capabilities. Unlike standard variable frequency drives, these units produce little harmonics content and have a harmonic filter included on the front end. AquaPhase units have a basic terminal strip for start / stop functions and speed control. Like the Phase Perfect models these units are available with either a NEMA 1 or NEMA 3R enclosure.

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Web Enabled Controllers from Control Technology Corporation

March 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Based in Hopkinton, MA, CTC is one of the original manufacturers of programmable automation controllers. While most PLC manufacturers adopted Ladder Logic as their method of programming, the concept of ladder programming didn’t make complete sense to the company founder as the story goes… Since the beginnings, CTC adopted state based programming as their standard. The newest family of Blue Fusion controllers all have onboard Ethernet and multiple serial ports.

Quickstep is a text-based programming language used in legacy and the current families of the Blue Fusion 5100 and 5200 series controllers. Quickstep is a multi-threaded application meaning that the controller processes multiple tasks in parallel or simultaneously. This approach allows the controller to quickly process high-speed processes much faster than traditional PLC controllers which use ladder logic or IEC611-31 compliant programs. One of the most attractive features of the state based language used by CTC is that the program is easy to learn for the beginner and it is much simpler to follow for troubleshooting equipment by maintenance personnel who are not proficient with programming.

Quickbuilder takes state based language to a graphical interface and is used by the Blue Fusion 5300 series controllers. Quickbuilder uses flow chart like elements which are even easier to read and develop programs with. The program has a multitude of tools to assist with both writing the program as well as troubleshooting the machine of program.

The Blue Fusion family of controllers are a combination of a PC, a PLC and a Motion Controller all in one compact controller. The PC features include a Web Server, a file system with FTP capabilities and the ability to send and receive emails. The PLC and Motion Controllers are high performance machines which surpass the processing capability of most big name brands out there. These units handle Modbus and other communications and have 32 bit processors unlike most PLC’s which are 16 bit with many of the low-cost bricks which have a small as an 8 bit CPU.

In addition to the many high performance features of the Blue Fusion family of controllers most of the controllers with the exception of the 5100 family can serve custom web pages from the controller. CTC’s Web HMI Builder looks much like HMI software but is used to create custom graphical web pages which are served up by CTC controllers. A CTC controller serving a custom web page is a high performance controller and a Web Enabled SCADA system all in one compact engine.

For a quick introduction to the Quickbuilder Interface watch the below short video:

Contact: Advanced Automation Products, Inc. www.aapfl.com or email sales@aapfl.com

Aqua Management takes Industrial Control to the Cloud

March 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Aqua Management Inc. is an Engineering and Service company which brings a variety of commercial and industrial equipment to the cloud. Based in Las Vegas, the company began its’ business in the irrigation control business to allow customers to enjoy cost savings by remotely starting and stopping pumps, controlling valves while providing log files of run times and usage all over the Internet.

Aqua Management provides a variety of different controllers and communications capabilities to bring the cloud. This includes connections to most major manufacturers of pump controllers, variable frequency drives to allow customers to control and monitor their equipment from any PC with a connection to the Internet.  Also with the latest innovations of smart phones,  their system is available from any smart phone, tablet, computer or laptop with Internet access.

With sleek custom designed web interfaces, customers can spend less time driving from site to site and can spend time on the more important tasks.

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Introduction to Aqua Management, Inc.

Automation Products Group, Inc.

February 14, 2012 1 comment

Automation Products Group, Inc.- Logan, Utah

APG was our first relationship as a Manufacturers’ Representative. Prior to joining Advanced Automation Products in 2005 I managed an automation distributor in Jacksonville, FL which was one of the first distributors for what was then STI Automation Products Group. I have maintained a relationship with APG for over 10 years and have watched this company reinvent itself over the past few years. I consider myself very fortunate to have a relationship with APG and look forward to growing with them.

APG specializes in level and pressure sensing products used for a variety of commercial and industrial applications. The product assortment includes ultrasonic sensors, digital pressure gauges, analog pressure sensors and float sensors. The newest addition to the product line is Level over Ethernet which brings level measurement to the Internet.

This company not only provides high quality sensor products but they are also able to provide customization for most of their products in small quantities. Some examples are custom cord lengths, custom bends, flanges and fittings and other customizations. Our customers continue to be impressed with the professionalism and support they receive as well as the high quality products they receive from APG.

For product information see the APG Website: www.apgsensors.com